Learn to love exercise

While most of us now have a valid excuse to not attend the gym, there’s no better time than now to reintroduce it back into our lives, at our own pace.

Take advantage of workouts from social channels of well-known personal trainers and boot camps. Not only can you follow them in the comfort of your own home, but you will also save hundreds of pounds as most are now free to use!

The Peloton app is also a great place to start. It’s similar to a social channel in the fitness realm. All you need to do is set up an account, follow your friends and choose which classes you’re interested in from the array of different activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Netflix and books are your new best friends

While the bookcase is slowly but surely dusting over, it’s time to pick up a book and get your read on. We all know that reading has endless benefits as it engages the mind, expands our vocabulary and encourages creativity, so grab a cup of tea and dedicate some time to reading.

Binging will be your new bedtime companion. Everyone has that one series they believe will never be topped.

Use this time to either re-watch entirely from the beginning or branch out to something new and challenge yourself to see if it can dethrone your existing favourite.

 

 

 

 

Dedicate an area in your home for work

Comfort is key. The first step to comfortable working space is decluttering to make sure there are no distractions when trying to get your head down.

If you have the room to do so, you can create a home office entirely to make it feel more personal. It can be your new mini productive project!

Develop a skill you've "not had time to"

We’ve all been there; the desire to pick up and start something new or develop an existing skill. Factors such as time, cost and effort burst the bubble of venturing beyond your comfort zone and so, it remains merely an idea in the back of your mind.

Well, there’s no better time to start than now!
Whether it’s whipping out your apron and dusting off your old baking scales, or trying to find the toolbox you put in a safe place in 2012, you can now use your free time productively and develop a passion that will keep you occupied over the upcoming weeks.

If it’s a skill you’ve never tried to master before, YouTube tutorials are a haven for beginners and The Open University have tons of free courses online to fit your interests!

 

 

Socialise... But with distance

The evolution of tech makes socialising without being physically present as easy as pie.

Skype, Facetime, Microsoft Teams among many others collectively make it effortless to stay connected to family and friends whether they’re 2 blocks away or on the other side of the world.

Saturday night gatherings may be at a halt but that’s not to say the fun has to stop completely. The app, Houseparty, allows cyber group gatherings with an array of games to bring everyone together and brighten up your weekends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a playlist

Whether it’s a housework playlist, a workout playlist or simply a feel-good playlist, music instantly lifts our spirits and makes us feel more motivated.

During your free time, why not collate all your favourite tracks into one space. Investing in a smart speaker will mean all your favourite songs and radio stations are stored in one compact device. You won’t even have to move or touch anything to turn it on or adjust the volume!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Becca Monaghan

By Becca Monaghan on 27.03.20

Guest Contributor

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